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"By Her Hand…" Movie: Poster Coolness

I’ve written earlier (here and here) about the indie film based on my short story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." The director,

The Pace of Change

Our world is changing at an unprecedented rate, a pace that is itself accelerating each year.

For example, did you know...

  • China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world
  • The expected top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004
  • If MySpace were a country, it would be the 5th most populous in the world

If any of these factoids are surprising, check out this video from Sony...

Reminder: Feb 28 is the last day for Aurora and Hugo nominations

Satruday February 28 is the last day that you can submit nominations for both the 2009 Aurora Awards for your favourite works of Canadian speculative fiction and for the international Hugo Awards. See my earlier post for how to nominate for the Auroras, how to find the list of eligible Canadian works, and to see my own list of 2008 eligible works. See my other earlier post for how to nominate for the Hugos.

Help support Canadian speculative writing! Nominate a Canadian work for the Auroras and the Hugos!

IMPOSSIBILIA launch: Wed Mar 4 at McMaster U bookstore

Fellow writer, Mark Leslie, will be hosting a launch for my collection, Impossibilia, at Titles, the McMaster University bookstore, on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 from noon to 2:00 pm. I hope that if you're in the Hamilton area that you'll be able to drop in at the launch. I'll be doing a reading, signing copies, and providing a very cool free give-away with every copy purchased (hint: the freebie item is connected to this project). You can read more about Impossibilia including reviews and excerpts here. If you're a Facebook user, here's a link to the event. See below for directions to the bookstore. Hope to see you there!

IMPOSSIBILIA launch: Sat Feb 7 at BakkaPhoenix

BakkaPhoenix logoBakkaPhoenix, Canada's oldest SF and fantasy bookstore, will be hosting a launch for my collection, Impossibilia. on Saturday February 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm. I hope that if you're in the Toronto area that you'll be able to drop in at the launch. I'll be doing a reading, signing copies, and providing some free give-aways. BakkaPhoenix is located at 697 Queen Street West in Toronto. Complete directions to BakkaPhoenix are available here. You can read more about Impossibilia including reviews and excerpts here. Hope to see you there!

Hugo and Aurora plug for IMPOSSIBILIA from Robert J. Sawyer

Multiple award winning and internationally published Canadian SF author Robert J. Sawyer has posted his personal suggestions for this year's Hugo Awards (the top international honours in science fiction) and Aurora Awards (the Canadian national SF awards). And his list includes my recent collection, Impossibilia. Cool! Thanks a lot, Rob! You can check out Rob's list of recommended works on his blog entry.

Both the Auroras and the Hugos are fan voted awards. If you're interested in nominating for the Auroras, check out my earlier post. To nominate for the Hugos, you need to be an attending or supporting member of either last year's World Science Fiction Convention in Denver or this year's one in Montreal.

Aurora Award nominations now open

The nomination period for the 2009 Aurora Awards is now open. The Auroras are fan-voted awards given annually for the best Canadian speculative fiction. Anyone who is a Canadian citizen (not necessarily living in Canada), or a permanent resident may nominate a work. Getting nominated is the first step to appearing on the final voting ballot.

I again have a number of stories eligible to be nominated and, for the first time, a book! Impossibilia is my first collection. It came out in November from the award-winning PS Publishing and has been getting great reviews. It contains two new stories that are also eligible for nomination: "A Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by van Gogh" and "Going Down to Lucky Town." You can read reviews of Impossibilia as well as excerpts from both stories here.

Nominate On-Line
This year, you can nominate quickly and easily online at: Nominations close Feb 28.

Eligible Works
Any consideration for an Aurora nomination would be much appreciated. My eligible works this year by nomination category are as follows:

Great reviews for IMPOSSIBILIA

Impossibilia coverSuperb writing. Three perfect stories. Echoes of Ellison and Bradbury. Okay, I'll take it. My first mini-collection, Impossibilia, was released in November and has been getting great reviews. Here's a sample:

"The writing is superb. Douglas Smith is an artisan and his stories beautifully crafted... In my search for the perfect short story, the three in this volume certainly qualify."

"The revolution of themes and words is very fluid throughout this story, making the pace almost rhythmic, drawing you along... The ending is a perfect resolution...

"The characters are intriguing and the story beguiling. I would like to read more about these characters."

"Another great story, but I'm getting used to that. Deft handling of character and setting..."

—Kelly Jensen, SF Crowsnest Book Reviews

Most Underrated Author? Really!? Cool!!

A self-Google recently led me to an interview at SF Signal where those good folks were commenting that it was hard enough trying to keep up with all the new books by 'name' authors, let alone trying to discover something new and interesting. How, they wondered, do you find that 'underrated' author whose books you should be reading? For help, they turned to a panel of authors and editors and asked them this question:

Question: Which author, living or otherwise, do you believe deserves more recognition than they currently receive and why?

The wonderful Canadian author, Julie Czerneda, gave this as her surprising reply (well, it was surprising to me):

"New Year's Eve" story online again

To mark the start of a new year, I've posted my story "New Year's Eve" on my free online fiction page. The story first appeared in issue #128 of the UK magazine InterZone in 1998. It's one of my early stories – it was only my second sale and my first big sale. The story was short-listed for the Aurora the following year and has since been reprinted five time and in four languages. The story revolves around the so-called Y2k bug, which was hyped to the hysteria level in the years and months running up to 2000.


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